Garcinia Cambogia Reviews

In October 2012, Dr. Oz gushed about some exciting research he found about a potentially new weight loss supplement, Garcinia Cambogia. Read our garcinia cambogia reviews from editors and readers.

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Some may say Dr. Oz has become the poster child for online supplement scammers, spammers, and affiliates. If you find yourself on a website selling a “miracle” supplement with Dr. Oz plastered all over it, you’re probably better off shopping elsewhere. That said, we wanted to take some time to actually review this product, because Dr. Oz showered it with such praise.

Note: Be sure to read our reviews of other Oz-touted products such as 7-KetoSaffron Extract, or Relora. And don’t miss the other two articles in this series: Comparing Garcinia Cambogia Vendors and Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects

About Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia Cambogia, or “Gambooge,” is a subtropical species of plant native to southeast Asia and Africa. Supplements are created from the fruit’s rind. As this scathing article points out, the supplement has been around for years, and there are studies which indicate that it doesn’t work at all.

This study further concluded: Garcinia cambogia failed to produce significant weight loss and fat mass loss beyond that observed with placebo.


Despite the “Holy Grail” status Dr. Oz implied for Garcinia Cambogia, we find other voices, such as WebMD, a little more cautious. Regarding this plant, WebMD writes: Developing research suggests that garcinia might prevent fat storage and control appetite; however, whether these effects occur in humans is unclear. It also lists the supplement as Possibly Ineffective for weight loss.

Taking garcinia fruit rind extract doesn’t seem to decrease weight, fat breakdown, or energy expenditure in overweight people. There is some mixed evidence that garcinia might help people feel full even when eating less, but it’s too early to recommend garcinia for this use.

Side Effects

Garcinia is generally considered safe, but some people have experienced nausea, digestive problems, stomach cramps, and headaches while taking it. There is also some evidence that it may cause liver toxicity. Please see our more extensive article on the possible side effects of garcinia cambogia.

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Other Reviews

There are many brands of Garcinia Cambogia available, and you can find many reviews online, such as this one or this one on If you factor in that almost every product on Amazon now has a certain percentage of fake positive reviews, the percentage of good to bad reviews on there isn’t impressive. Notice that there are as many 1 to 3 star ratings as there are 4 and 5 star ratings.

You may be interested in our article on how to select the right brand of garcinia cambogia extract.

Affiliate Marketers

Whenever Dr. Oz touts a new product, affiliate marketers are quick to advertise – often using his name without permission. Garcinia cambogia is no exception. We recently spotted an ad being advertised with a picture of Dr. Oz along with a before-and-after stock photo. This ad linked to an affiliate website, which had many of the same stock photos and verbiage we saw back in the acai craze of 2009. That affiliate site sent users to yet another garcinia vendor offering the typical “almost out of stock” warning, and pumped their “free bottle” – which was a miniscule free trial leading to an expensive subscription.

If you want to try Garcinia Cambogia, visit your local health or supplement store. You can compare different brands, and you won’t get stuck in a recurring subscription which may prove difficult to cancel. Also keep in mind that every “miracle pill” Dr. Oz has touted has ended up not being so miraculous.

Bottom Line

This supplement will likely prove to be another in a long line of unproven miracle pills, standing among acai berry, raspberry ketone, African mango, green coffee, and so many others. Each of these supplements have been highly advertised within days of being featured on the Dr. Oz show.

Your Turn

Have you tried Garcinia Cambogia? Give us your reviews in the comments below.

Updated November 4, 2014
Originally published January 2013

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560 Comments on Garcinia Cambogia Reviews

  1. allen small // January 3, 2015 at 8:46 pm // Reply

    I started taking Garcinia Cambogia and i having problem now with my bladder or something. now i do not feel I have to pee. I just get a tiny little pain below my belly button and i go bathroom and as soon as i do i pee. but before i go i do not feel i have to. It’s worse every time I take it. I just realized it might be that causing the problem so I stopped today and hope it gets better. Do not know if it is the reason but it did start when I started taking it ..Is it what caused it?

  2. Francesca Piazza // July 10, 2014 at 5:17 am // Reply

    I started taking it (Garcinia Cambogia Pure Select) with 50% 1800 mg GC extract, 300 mg Green Tea Leaf, 200 mg of Caffeine about a week ago, and it does absolutely nothing. Luckily the only side effect I have is that it makes me feeling very sleepy (even if it contains caffeine, which is weird), and this is a problem because I need to study! I was on a diet before starting taking it, so I am loosing weight slowly but I do not believe that it is related to GC. It is because I eat healthy and I exercise.
    I actually asked for a refund when I realized that it was all a big lie, but they won’t give you any refund, they will offer you a discount.
    So, people, if you want to boost your metabolism and loose weight, my suggestion is to have a minimum of 30 minutes walk EVERYDAY, which at least 3 times a week should be of at least 45 minutes, and eat healthy (first of all cook instead of buying packed food, so that you know exactly what you are eating; eat pleanty of veggies, especially if raw; use whole grains instead of refined food like pasta or white bread, and anyway do not eat them not in big quantity; do not eat anything fried; use brown sugar instead of white, and, even bette, substitute sugar with honey, apple sauce or maple/agave syrup; limit dairy products, priviledge natural cottage cheese, fat free yogurt, quark, natural fromage frais, parmigiano in small quantities; eat poultry, fish, beans, nuts and seeds as proteins; eat fruits as snacks or at breakfast, but never at the end of meals; drink 2 litres of water/ herbal tea without any sugar every day).

    The most important thing when you want to loose weight, is not rushing.
    Nobody will ever loose 5 kilograms in 2 weeks. It is simply not natural, and not healthy, You could make it by starving and exercising a lot, but what would be the point? In that way you will then re-gain weight as fast as you lost it.
    Secondly: enjoy your meals. Take your time to eat. Never watch television or using your laptop/tablet while you eat. Focus on your plate, and, really, enjoy.
    If your meals do not give you satisfaction, you will always see the diet as a sacrifice, and it will be much more difficult.

    And…try to smile :-)

  3. Francesca Piazza // July 10, 2014 at 4:49 am // Reply

    it is. first of all a company that instead of a refund gives a discount is not a serious company. secondly, how can you explain that all these people have so many side effects? it cannot be a coincidence. you’d better quit before it is too late.

  4. I purchased the GC lipo g3 for the 4.99. Read up on it afterwards and seen that it was scamming people. Horrified, I ended up canceling my debit card before my 14 day trial. I took the pills one day… that day being today and not even and hour after taking it I experienced horrible nausea. Its now 2:45 am and I am still nauseous. Not taking anymore. Bottle will be thrown away.

  5. Justsayin2uisall // June 9, 2014 at 3:05 am // Reply

    I was reading through the comments on here and am SHOCKED by how many people are using cheap WM “blends” of HCA (Garcinia Cambogia). Expect those not to work at best and possibly will have adverse reactions many report.

    READ INGREDIENTS FIRST PEOPLE! You must select a brand that is certified to contain a minimum 60% @ 500 milligrams. It’s fillers like Calcium that is causing nausea. At that high a dose, calcium causes the negative symptoms seen here.

    DON’T BE A “BARGAIN HUNTER” with GC… unless you enjoy getting ripped off. Most quality products certified and regulated by third parties will cost you between $35-$60+ Canadian.

    FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS. If the dose you’re taking is LESS than 2500 milligrams daily (1000 milligrams 30-60 minutes before BREAKFAST, LUNCH and DINNER) or greater than 3000 milligrams per day, you will be wasting your money. I absolutely promise.

    I’m starting week 2 of a healthy workout regimen (3-4 times a week with daily walks of 30 minutes or more), am eating much healthier and last week started taking a good quality brand of GC. This is my third day of using GC.

    I’m now eating less-to-no snacks and taking in considerably smaller portions thanks to GC’s “filling” properties. I went from 2800+ calories per day to about 1700 without any effort. I’m never hungry, nor do I crave sweets… at all thus far. I’ve lost slightly more than 2.5 inches off my waste alon last week and will check my weight/measurements at the end of week 2. I feel great and have minimal pain typically associated to stating a moderate-intense workout regimen.

    VERY HAPPY for that alone… but I’ll be able to compare my results more effectively after a full month of workouts/3 weeks of GC. Good luck to everyone on here looking to improve their health!

  6. Samantha // May 1, 2014 at 7:25 pm // Reply

    After hearing about so many good reviews and very few bad reviews simply saying Garcinia Cambogia didnt work for some people I decided to try it. I got a brand called Phytogenix from Walmart and had no side affects. After hearing nothing but good reviews from another company called Lypo G3, though, I decided to try that brand. I got my bottle today and after only two doses, I felt absolutely horrible. I got shaky, nauseous, light headed, ended up throwing up for twenty minutes straight and couldnt even fall asleep to sleep it off. Please to anyone thinking about buying Garcinia Cambogia from Lypo G3, dont!

  7. I have been taking Garcinia for a little over a week now and after reading some of these comments, I don’t think I’ll be taking anymore. I have noticed only negative results – my weight has gone up, my stomach, legs & backside feel much larger. This is very disheartening given I was almost at my goal weight and now due to Garcinia I feel as though I have gone backwards considerably. I thought I researched Garcinia before buying, but clearly only read the ‘fake’ positives. Buyer beware and make sure you research both the positive & negative results of Garcinia. It appears this is yet another example of false marketing.

  8. iv bn taking gac since 1-15-14 i weighed 263 and now im 216 it works .

  9. I took 2 capsules before breakfast and 2 before lunch, and by dinner, I was cramping, had diahrea 6 times, and violently vomited 3 times. The nausea and pain lasted 4 hours, I had to cancel work the next day. I also was so weak despite eating a little and sipping water, that I slept 12 hours.

    • Alysia Henderson // May 9, 2014 at 4:53 pm // Reply

      Everything I have read has said to only take 2 a day, and you took 4. You took double what you were suppose to…

  10. gerald hebert // April 10, 2014 at 11:18 am // Reply

    I started taking 1 tablespoon of Salva Hispanica (CHIA) every morning 3 years ago.I still think this is really good food, however, after about one Month, my belly started to grow. I now learned that you do not take that every day; only when doing a hard Sport day, e.g. going for a long bike ride, canoe trip, judo clinic, etc. My wife did tell me that I was taking too much of it but I did not heed her advice. Sorry too late.
    Now about this Garcinia Cambogia poison. I listened to this Dr. Oz guy one day as he was telling everyone about this special stuff that would take off belly fat. Convincing as he can be, with his all-knowing kind of attitude, I fell for it. I really believed that it would rectify FAT BELLY!!!
    I ordered online and received 2 bottles of 60 capsules plus an extra one cause I did this special for a total of 180 capsules and started taking these about 4 weeks ago. On the bottle it says PURE Garcinia Cambogia Extract. 100% All Natural. 110097EXP 12/16. Suggested use: As a dietary supplement, take (1) one capsule two times a day 30 minutes before meals with an 8oz. glass of water. After about one week, I started to feel my calf muscles tightening up and some pain. I walk and bike a lot. Then passing gas more than when just on Chia. Then headachy in the morning. Then acid reflux. Nausea. My belly felt bigger and bloated. Then some depression crept in. I thought it was due to our longer than average winter, however, even a week in Cuba did not help. Things kept building up in last last Friday, the 7th of March. Heavy Diarrhea set in with terrible cramps, concentrated in lower left side of my abdomen. I stayed in all weekend and on Monday headed for my doctor’s office. They were a bit perplexed and ordered Stool: virology, culture, O/P which is now being done. I stopped the Chia and the Garcinia pills. Only then did I decide to do a Google search and luckily fell onto this site, where I was able to read all of these negative comments on this poisonous stuff. WOW! Am feeling a lot better already. Hoping that the lab. tests come out negative. Hoping too that my liver was not damaged.
    So, be very careful with these herbal thingys everyone, even with a Dr. Oz doing the pitching. Some will do ANYTHING for a Buck. I am sending a copy of this to my Doctor and our National Dept. of Health in Ottawa. This poison should be banned. Not the Chia….as I will eat some more in the future when doing extra physical stuff like Walkathons, long bike rides, etc. One tablespoon in the morning 4 to 5 times a Month won,t hurt. Very good when baked into Brownies…. Tell your friends about this…………. I still teach Kodokan Judo as a Godan(5th degree B.B) and am not on any type of medication. Physical Exercise is the key. My last excellent exercise was to dump the remaining Garcinia pill into the garbage can with ceremony……including #%^^)(_*(_)+_)+)+) Dr. Oz!

  11. reviews for garcinia cambogia // April 10, 2014 at 9:48 am // Reply

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  12. After taking Garcinia Extract capsule I experienced a SEVERE ATTACK OF BLOATING,CRAMPS & VOMITING which lasted over 12 hours. I ceased taking them for a week then started again only to be crippled with the same reaction. I have never suffered from such pain. I have followed the instructions, drinking plenty of water. My GP has received many complaints about the product & warns of its severe side effects.

  13. I took GC from Hampshire Labs for 3 weeks and gained 5 pounds, plus had horrible indigestion, diarrhea, and headaches.

  14. poul smith // March 28, 2014 at 3:06 am // Reply

    I have been taking Garcinia Cambogia for over a week and a half now. It did start suppressing my appetite after about a week.

  15. I have been using GC for almost a month now I take it three times a day thirty minutes before every meal I haven’t seen a sign of weight loss at all I do have a lot of stomach pains and i’m never hungry anymore always full but I eat because I have to but when I do eat its very little I like the appetite but I wish I would lose some actual weight. reading all these comments im beginning to get upset that it will not work majority of the comments are bad I see very few that they do the product says its supposed to work over 12 weeks well im half way there and don’t see a change at all im upset and want to write dr.oz as well. If your reading these comments do not try GC if it does work it takes time!!!!!!!! months maybe years your better off hitting the gym

  16. I’m reading all these terrible comments, and though I haven’t gotten my bottle in the mail tweet, I’ve read a lot of stuff on it and you people need to take a cleansing pill with it also. You can’t just take the straight pill. It’ll mess you up pretty bad and it doesn’t help you lose weight. You have to combine it with a colon cleanser.

    • Reyna Latina // June 28, 2014 at 1:07 am // Reply

      @ Amanda
      I just ordered Lipo G3 and Regula Rx colon cleanser. You are the first person I see mention the cleanser. Have you tried it? I haven’t started taking them yet and with all these reviews I’m kind of scared to try. Can you or someone give me some advise please? I have a very slow metabolism therefore the reason for me wanting to try this and see if finally I can get some of this belly fat off after having four children and uterine cancer when I was 24. That is actually what made me have a slow metabolism after I had my hystorectomy and just made me blow up. I was a size 3 to 5 all my life and went up to a 16. Right now I’m at a 12 but need to lose fat. Please help!!!!!

  17. I took GC from Hampshire Labs for 3 weeks and gained 5 pounds, plus had horrible indigestion, diarrhea, and headaches. Maybe this stuff works for some people but certainly not for me. Hampshire has offered to refund but we’ll see.

  18. Rich Clarke // March 13, 2014 at 2:56 pm // Reply

    I bought this stuff after watching Dr. Oz. He never talked about side effects when talking about this product it was all positive so I bought a bottle and shared it with my wife. We both had severe stomach cramps, gas and bloating. And I paid for this to happen to us. The worst diet pill I ever ate. Pay good money to make yourself sick, this stuff really hurt us…

  19. Barbara Ann Ramey // March 7, 2014 at 7:08 pm // Reply

    I have been taking Garcinia Cambogia for over a week and a half now. It did start suppressing my appetite after about a week. And I started making sure to drink lots of water. I still am not seeing much weight loss. Only a pound or two at the most, but I plan to take it for at least a few more weeks. Even though my scale isn’t showing much weight loss, my body shape seems to be changing, and I look like I have lost. Maybe my scale is not weighing right. Anyway, I still have hope that it is working and I think probably, it will work better after you have been taking it for awhile.

  20. I’m shocked at all the negative comments!
    I’m on my 5th day of ‘Whole Body GC’, and I’m already down 3 pounds!
    I used to eat a lot whether I was hungry or not. Now, my appetite has been curbed in a way that my stomach don’t ‘want’ to eat as often or as much.
    I have zero negative side effects. I did however increase my water intake, not because it made me thirsty, but because I figure if there isn’t as much food in my belly as before, there should be water. It seems to help the GC along better too.
    My energy doubled, and I just plain feel better.
    Also, having to take a pill half hour before each of your 3 meals, makes you think about and control just when and what you will be eating, instead of just eating whatever.

    My advice…it’s not a ‘magic’ pill! There’s work on your part as well.

  21. Barbara Ann Ramey // March 4, 2014 at 8:47 pm // Reply

    I started taking Garcinia Cambogia one week ago. 1500 mg., 50.0% HCA. Have not lost any weight, it does not suppress my apetite, although I have been eating a lot less. I thought it made sense to diet along with taking it. I have not noticed any side effects, but it just doesn’t seem to do anything. It’s supposed to make you feel full after just a few bites, but it doesn’t do this for me. One week is not enough to give it a fair trial, so I will continue to take it for a few more weeks. I am always hungry.

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